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Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson Including Essays, First And Second Series, English Traits, Nature And Considerations By The Way.
by Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Published by A. S. Barnes & Company New York
Undated presumed 1944 (between 1934 and 1944)

Hardcover Measures 8x6 inches Weighs 1 pound 1 ounce

Condition: Very Good.
Blind embossed decoration at front. Delicate gold decoration and text at spine. All perfect.
Some shelf wear to cloth boards, a bit dusty at edges. Inside is great - first two leafs have a small clean removal cut, perhaps the first owner stamp was removed by the second owner. Red silk bookmark intact.
Book is tight and solid. This was a well cared for copy. Text is crisp. Pages are off-white.

IN THIS DAY of mass madness, when Emerson's treasured soul of man appears to
be made mock of by man himself, the observations—placid and profound—of
that great humanist seem far removed from the tumult of our embattled
Yet we must bear in mind that he lived and lectured to an immense following
during a period of desperate conflict. To those living during the days that saw
the brewing and boiling of the Civil War no time could have looked more
ominous and strife-ridden than their own. To those New Englanders who read
of the disaster of Bull Run the future must have appeared as perilous and as
terrifyingly uncertain as it has to us who have read of Dunkerque and the
disintegration of Europe.
In every age man has felt himself to be facing problems such as have never
been faced before. Values, when tossed about in any great social upheaval,
realign themselves and present new and strange pictures to struggling minds.
New teachers are called for to reconcile the present with what has gone before,
and new interpreters sought to point out a future course in terms of the past.
Yet, frequently, though the questions are new the answers are old. Some prin­
ciples of thought and of living have an almost incredible gift of survival over
neglect, derision or attack. The door to the new order of things often must be
opened by the key that fitted the old.
Emerson, although he declined to consider himself as such, was essentially a
teacher. Never conceded a ranking place with the great philosophers who have
juggled with dogmas and creeds, his greatness lay in his ability to interpret
rather than create. He was, nevertheless, a talented and generally inspired
molder of thought. His speeches and his es says were magnificently phrased.
Each sentence was rugged and concise, and yet all were illumined with a poetic
quality born of his own inherent spirituality. A preacher by profession—
although a militant honesty caused him to resign his orders—a preacher he
always remained. From the pulpit or lectern, he endeared his audiences to him
as few ever have done, his eloquence, his quiet humor, and above all the in­
violate armor of his complete sincerity making him a figure of international
The principles in which he believed are as essential to mankind today as they
were when he lived. Exactly one hundred years have passed since the publica­
tion of his first volume of Essays. This new edition of these and his later writ­
ings today goes forth to a far wider public. Nothing has "dated," for Emerson
dealt with permanent verities. No one during this past century has expressed
these thoughts more clearly or with greater appeal.

Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson ..First And Second Series, English Traits, Nature And Considerations Hardcover 1940's/30's Book Barnes VG


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